UPDATES: Wildomar Fire Devastates Neighborhood

The fire on Wesley Street -- at Grand Avenue -- was reported just before 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson.

Update at 7:37 p.m.:

Southern California Edison Thursday evening reported three poles scorched by the fire in Wildomar, prompting officials to de-energize the attached electrical lines.

About 35 customers were without power for about 20 minutes, while crews cleared the poles and made the appropriate repairs, an SCE spokesperson told Patch.

Update at 4:37 p.m.:

The so-called "Wesley" fire was 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Damaged in the blaze -- mapped at 14 acres -- were one empty home, several outbuildings and a vehicle, Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson said.

A monetary damage estimate was not immediately available.


Update at 4:02 p.m.:

A firefighter battling a 15-acre blaze in Wildomar Thursday burned two of his fingers, officials said, and a civilian was taken to a hospital with minor injuries not related to the incident.

Cal Fire reported the fire at 80 percent contained, with 15 acres burned.

Mandatory evacuations were not carried out, though some people voluntarily vacated their homes.


Update at 2:36 p.m.:

Firefighters battling the blaze in Wildomar worked in 103-degree heat Thursday, according to Cal Fire.

No updates on the progress of the fire were available as of 2:30 p.m. but also no word about containment of the blaze, which started on Wesley Street at Grand Avenue, then jumped Grand.

At least three homes were burned but no injuries were reported.

Grand Avenue was closed at Grey Eagle Court to the south and Ridge Oak Road to the north; Wesley at Grand also remained closed.

Relative humidity was at 23 percent, Cal Fire reported, and winds were blowing west/southwest at 23 mph.

Firefighters from the Pechanga tribe, U.S. Forest Service, Corona and Murrieta were assisting Cal Fire, officials reported.


Update at 2:12 p.m.:

Some 163 firefighters are now on the scene of the so-called "Wesley" blaze in Wildomar.

UPDATE at 1:53 p.m.:

Authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations, as homes in Wildomar went up in flames, Patch has learned.

Homes on Grand Avenue to Union Street -- and north of Wesley Street -- are being evacuated, Patch learned at the scene.

The fire, which began just before 1 p.m. on Wesley Street on Grand Avenue, had jumped Grand early on, Patch learned.

Witness Diana Ethington emailed Patch that her progress down Grand toward Clinton Keith Road was marked by columns of smoke rising into the sky.

"There (are)  fires burning structures on both side of Grand; looking beyond these fires it looked like Grand was smoked in all the way to Clinton Keith," Ethington wrote.

"It was the strangest thing I have ever seen, like I think they have to be housing they were billowing up huge black smoke in four different locations that we could see," the witness wrote Patch.


A fire in Wildomar Thursday burned three homes and gobbled 10 acres, forcing closure of Grand Avenue but no injuries were immediately reported.

The fire on Wesley Street -- at Grand Avenue -- was reported just before 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson.

Nearly 100 firefighters were at the scene, assisted by two air tanker and a single helicopter crew, Hendrickson said.

The fire had burned seven acres within six minutes, according to Cal Fire.

Photos to be posted shortly.

Hope August 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Actually, you do not have to be a super woman to see that we are not one in the same, nor are our comments similar. But nice try and great compliment.
Jeanne Cordova Chavez August 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@ the Gorilla, OVERPAID? They put their lives on the line every time they respond to a fire. They also save lives. You have got to be kidding me. Firefighters and police officers also, deserve every penny they work so hard for. Do you have a job that your life is in jeopardy everytime you step in your work shoes? Probably not! Give it a rest. All the pay in the world won't replace a human life lost trying to protect your burning home or removing someone from a wreck on a busy freeway.
The Gorilla August 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Yes Jeanne firefighters are overpaid. They choose what they do for a career. Our leaders have sold their souls to the public employee unions. Jeanne so it looks like you are saying that since they put their lives on the line that there should be a high value placed on their pay. However they chose to perform a public service at their option so they should be paid what taxpayers can afford. The military overseas have people trying to kill them but I dont see democrats or really anyone coming forward and saying they DESERVE every penny they are paid. Nobody deserves anything.
Tina Tyra August 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Gorilla, you may have opposable thumbs, but your brain is not as developed as that of a human. Firefighters are certainly not overpaid. Just because they are willing to risk their life for you, others, and their job, doesn't mean that they shouldn't be paid for it. Two wrongs don't make a right. The military, police, and teachers aren't paid enough either. Why don't you get on the bandwagon and protest that basketball players and football players make millions for playing a game they love? Why does growing up playing sports entitle them to get rich quick while people who are putting their lives in danger or actually serving humanity get next to nothing and have to deal with "gorillas" like you who don't appreciate their sacrifice. Next time your house is burning, maybe you should call a basketball player who makes 6 mil a year and see what he does for you.
Al Lee August 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Tina, you are right on the money. Our servicemen, our public servants all deserve raises......and your dea on about gorilla brain.


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